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Selling Used Shoes - Do's and Don'ts for Thrift Stores - Part 2
Cleaning & Prepping your shoes
This is what you need volunteers for.
Have them clean up the shoes that are sell-able but just need a little TLC to make it to your sales floor.
If you have shoes that are good condition but smell. Use something like Fabreeze on the inside and let them dry overnight. If they still smell, you're gonna have to bite the bullet and salvage unless you want your entire sales floor smelling like nasty shoes.
A scrub brush and a little soapy water goes along way.
Pricing shoes -These are the best ways without permanently damaging the shoe
How much should you price?
That folks is the 64,000 question.
There are whole books written on pricing products. I'm not going to reinvent that wheel.
Just know that you can only price according to what the market in that neighborhood will bear. So for those who are branching out and expect to price two stores exactly the same. Think again. Unless you plunk your stores into identical neighborhoods. Identical pricing strategies will not work. I've seen this first hand. Here in Florida, what sells well in one neighborhood may not sell at the same price in another neighborhood. I lost a job over trying to get this fact across to "managers". You have to be willing to bend and flow with the market.